When it comes to boxing movies, most people think of Raging Bull, Rocky or Creed, but Bleed For This is based on the true story of Vinny ‘Paz’ Pazienza (played by Miles Teller), a boxer that after a tragic car accident faces the life-changing situation of never walking again, let alone been able to box!

Bleed For This is written and directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room, Prime). The film features Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciarán Hinds and Ted Levine in supporting roles.

Now I have to say that I’m not usually one for films about boxing, although Raging Bull has always been a movie that I have loved over the years, so when the chance of seeing Bleed For This a few days early before its release came up, I wasn’t sure about seeing it, but with a great cast and it being based on a true story, something appealed to me to go check it out.

So, on a rather cold and icy evening, I headed over to my local Cineworld for the Unlimited Card viewing of the film, it was certainly one of those nights where people preferred to stay at home and there wasn’t that many at the cinema.

As the film started I sat there thinking, “Have I made the right decision coming out in the cold to check this out?”, well, the answer at the end of the film was yes.

Bleed For This is an interesting film, I found myself getting quite engulfed in the story as Vinny fought in the ring during the first part of the film, then at that point where the car accident happens and all his hopes and dreams are smashed, very much like the cars, I wondered where this would go for him. Not knowing much about Vinny in the first place gave me the room to see how everything would turn out.

So Vinny is given the option of having his neck fused or to have a halo fitted, so going with the latter this is where the second half of the film takes us on Vinny’s journey to recovery.

Bleed For This – More Than Boxing

For me, the film is an interesting film to watch, Miles Teller was good as Vinny and he has certainly bulked up for the part, the scene with the removal of the halo brace certainly had me cringing and he certainly brought across the feeling of reality during the scene. His scenes in the ring also worked very well.

The supporting cast in the film also came across well, with a slightly unrecognisable Aaron Eckhart (I, Frankenstein, Olympus Has Fallen) as Kevin Rooney, who becomes Vinny’s trainer after his accident and helps him get back to his feet and to the ring, Eckhart plays the part very well.

Katey Sagal (Married with Children, Futurama) plays Vinny’s mother, Louise, and wow does she look different as well, again another brilliant performer showing that she can certainly put her hands to any kind of acting and carry it off. Joining Sagal was Ciarán Hinds (Munich, Road to Perdition) as the father that has always been ringside for Vinny during his fights and supports him and his career, again another amazing actor and playing the part brilliantly.

I thoroughly enjoyed Bleed For This and for a film that was filmed in 24 days on a budget of six million dollars (according to director Ben Younger) it’s a film you can enjoy. The film is not so much a film about boxing, it is a film about life, the struggles that can hit us at any time, it shows the love of Vinny’s family and their close relationship and even touches on how his mother copes with his fights being on TV as she sits in another room away from the family watch the fight.

Bleed For This – UK Trailer

At the end of the movie, the credits show is the real Vinny with footage of him talking about the halo etc, a lovely touch to the end of the movie.

If you like dramas more than all out action movies, or just fancy a change, then check out Bleed For This which is out on Blu-ray now.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham